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There are 21 myrmecophilous species in this genus. Mixogaster is distinct by lacking an appendix on vein R4+5, having a reduced and bare metasternum, an unarmed scutellum, and usually an appendix on vein M extending in cell R4+5. Larvae are found in ant nests.

List of Mixogaster and their Host Ants
Genus and species Author and Year Ant Host Distribution
Mixogaster anthermus (Walker, 1849) ants Neotropical: Paraguay
Mixogaster breviventris Kahl, 1897 ants Nearctic
Mixogaster cicatrix Hull, 1954 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster conopsoides Macquart, 1842 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster cubensis Curran, 1932 ants Cuba
Mixogaster currani Hull, 1954 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster delongi Johnston, 1924 ants Nearctic
Mixogaster dimidiata Giglio-Tos, 1892 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster flukei Hull, 1954 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster imitator Thompson, 2004 ants Neotropical: Brazil
Mixogaster johnsoni Hull, 1941 ants Nearctic
Mixogaster lanei Carrera & Lenko, 1958 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster lopesi Carrera & Lenko, 1958 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster mexicana Macquart, 1846 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster orpheus Hull, 1944 ants Neotropical: British Guiana
Mixogaster pithecofascia Hull, 1944 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster polistes Hull, 1954 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster rarior Shannon, 1925 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster sartocrypta Hull, 1954 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster strictor Hull, 1941 ants Neotropical
Mixogaster thecla Hull, 1954 ants Neotropical


  • Hull, F.M. 1941. Some undescribed Syrphid flies from the Neotropical region. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 31: 432-440.
  • Hull, F.M. 1954. The genus Mixogaster Macquart (Diptera, Syrphidae). American Museum Novitates 1652, 28 pp.
  • Kahl, P.H.I. 1897. New species of the syrphid genera Mixogaster Macq. and Ceria Fabr., with notes. The Kansas University Quarterly ser. A, 6: 137-146.
  • Macquart, P.J.M. 1842. Diptères exotiques nouveaux ou peu connus. Tome deuxieme.--2e partie. Roret, Paris. Pp. 5-140.
  • Walker, F. 1849. List of the specimens of dipterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part III. British Museum (Natural History), London. Pp. [iii]+485-687.